At first, Peaks & Pints must admit, it tasted faintly of lip gloss, a blast back to the eighth grade. But as we munched the slightly sweet and sour flavor of passionfruit grew on us. Passionfruit is one of the three amigos in P.O.G., a tropical juice drink created in 1971 by a food product consultant named Mary Soon who worked for Haleakala Dairy on Maui, Hawaii. It’s a sweet blend of passionfruit, orange and guava juices, long a favorite of Hawaii residents. Today, Peaks & Pints presents a to-go beer flight from our giant cooler centered on the acronym. Stop by for Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: POG On the Fly and bring the islands home.
Stone Notorious P.O.G. Berliner Weisse
If you’ve never been to Hawaii, you might not know the amazing flavor combination that is POG – passionfruit, orange, and guava juice. Stone Brewing‘s Notorious P.O.G. Berliner Weisse, inspired by actor Jonah Hill, who grew up in the Aloha State, has all the flavors, but the orange dominates for a refreshingly tart and tropical joy ride.
6% ABV, 50 IBU
Reuben’s Brews tapped a single keg of it in their taproom. The crowd prayed to King Kamehameha. Then, the Seattle brewery scaled the recipe to a special growler-only release. The crowd did the hula. Today, Reuben’s sent a full-size production batch for distribution, which landed at Peaks & Pints. Hazealicious P.O.G. is the latest release in Reuben’s Unbound Series. They grabbed their award-winning year-round hazy IPA Hazealicious and doubled down on the tropical hop flavors by adding passionfruit, orange, and … wait for it … guava.
7% ABV, 65 IBU
“Milkshake PA” was first coined by Swedish brewery Omnipollo, and Riverbend Brewing has fully committed to the sub-genre, producing four different varieties. There’s something for almost every palate in the lineup, but Hawaiian Crunk brewed with passionfruit, orange, guava (POG) is a standout, offering a creamy, fruity package without the hop bitterness getting in the way. It has a creamy vanilla base with pineapple and guava leading the way. Taste is mildly bitter, moderately sweet, and very juicy with a dry finish.